Lateral inguinal fossa

Lateral inguinal fossa
Posterior view of the anterior abdominal wall in its lower half. The peritoneum is in place, and the various cords are shining through. (Lateral inguinal fossa labeled at center right.)
Inguinal fossae
Latinfossa inguinalis lateralis
Anatomical terminology

The lateral inguinal fossa is a structure described in human anatomy. It is a shallow concave stretch of peritoneum on the deep surface of the anterior abdominal wall and is best seen from the greater peritoneal cavity, looking anteriorly (as, for example, during laparoscopy).


It is a shallow depression on the inner aspect of the abdominal wall lateral to the lateral umbilical fold.

Clinical significance

It is a site of herniation for indirect inguinal hernia.

See also

External links

  • Anatomy figure: 36:03-05 at Human Anatomy Online, SUNY Downstate Medical Center - "Internal surface of the anterior abdominal wall."

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